Humphrey's family came to see him tonight. At my request they brought their other pig so that I could have a look at him and treat him for mites. I was certain that the other one would be in similar shape.
But what they brought was just about the healthiest pig I've ever seen. He was a gorgeous stocky Peruvian. Feet were fine. Not a speck of dandruff on him and no sign of any illness whatsoever. They brought him in a box with a pile of green timothy and a little bowl of romaine. They were holding a water bottle up for him to drink from, even though they only drove 1/2 hour. Obviously a pampered pig. He weighed 1200g.
The mother started crying when I told her how easy it was for Dr. R to determine that Humphrey's teeth were overgrown. They paid me for the vet bills and bought a bag of Cavy Cuisine and went home. Strange.
Humphrey got a bath today, a nail trim, some topical Ivermectin, and ointment on his feet. He is still weak but is now coming out of his box when it is about time for me to feed him.
- I GAVE, dammit!
Your diplomacy skills may make a huge change in their treatment of their pets. They may want to do the right thing but have no idea how to do it. I sure hope Humphrey pulls through and they will tap into your skills and expertise to keep him healthy. They obviously care, which is half the battle.
You are in a position to make a huge change in their family's pet husbandry. You'll rise to the ocassion, no doubt.
No surprise the other pig is in great shape. It's easy to keep a healthy pig healthy. But if that pig got sick he'd be in the same shape as the other one.
If a pig is ill and doesn't get immediate appropriate medical treament they go downhill fast. His teeth problems may even be related to the fact he hasn't been eating. Even if he is ill the molars will still grow. They can overgrow from not being ground by chewing as fast as 2 weeks. 4 weeks is the average time it takes for molar overgrowth.
We do the poop soup thing several times a day. I will add some B-complex to his mash.
Question on the SQ: I am giving him 10-15ml of Pedialyte every 3 hours. He does not seem dehydrated anymore and his poops are small, but moist and light. Should I give him SQ anyway? How often and how much? I have a 20ml syringe.
Josephine will know if he should be getting more fluids than that daily.
This pig has been sick since they got him.
You're not making a case for them.
I keep hinting to them that he might have deeper problems
The fact he's 3/4 dead should be hint enough.
If there's anything to be pissed off about, it's the stupid laws that protect larger animals but not rodents. If this were a dog, I could call animal control and have him taken to a shelter. But I think that would still involve the owners signing him away to me to get my hands on him.
So the best shot I have is to make these people come to the realization that he would be better off in my hands. If I were resigned, that wouldn't get done now, would it? And it takes a lot more strength, I think, to hold my tongue and try to gently nudge them towards better care than to scream at them and hurl accusations. And part of that involves me trying to convince myself that they are capable of listening.
Believe me, if that pig dies because of their lack of proper care, you will see one hell of a rant pop up on here. Until then, I'll continue to do everything I can.
Pinta, you were right, btw, about the subcues. Although he was still pretty hydrated, I gave him 10cc of LRS with B-complex and he perked up a little.
I'm a little concerned about his eye. When they brought him over, both eyes were weeping and his nose was crusty so I assumed a URI and put him on Baytril. The family brought a Terramycin ointment that the vet gave them for the eyes so I was also using that.
His left eye has cleared up well but the right seems to be doing worse. It is still weeping quite a bit and making crusties, and he has started to lose the hair above it. The skin on the top eyelid is pink and swollen.
Should I try a different ointment? Stop the ointment all together? Any suggestions?
I'm seeing Dr. R in the a.m. (poor Billy Bob has a UTI again and I'm out of Bactrim) and I'll ask him about it, but I can't transport Humphrey with a healthy pig.
tried but I can't get a good pic of the eye.